Monday, January 11, 2010

Sunday Rewind

Yesterday was possibly the best service we've ever had at South Bay Church. The Spirit of God was powerfully at work. We jumped from 170 people in attendance last week to 290 people yesterday. There were about 20 first time guest and, most exciting, 7 people indicated a decision to follow Christ!

Andy hit a home run in this second week of our series "The Ghost". His message was about being filled with the Holy Spirit. The highlight of the message for me was when he said there is a war being waged between our flesh and the Spirit of God who lives in us. We make the choice whether to "drink" from our flesh or to "drink" from the Spirit. Everytime we say "Yes" to God, make the most of each opportunity, or yield to the prompting of the Spirit we are, in essence, taking a sip of the Spirit. If we do that often enough, we will continually be filled with the Spirit. If, on the other hand, we continue to gratify or flesh and sinful desires, we will be full of self and the promptings of the Spirit become harder and harder to hear.

Over the next 21 days we are praying for a fresh awakening of the Spirit of God in our midst. Andy challenged our church to join together in a season of prayer and fasting as we anticipate all that God wants to do in our lives and through South Bay Church in 2010. For more information on this prayer and fast, click here. I will also be posting recipe ideas and updates on my blog, so keep checking back. Let me know if you're participating and if you have any good food ideas to share.

1 comment:

Brad Wrage said...

Stacie, I'm so stoked to hear God continue to speak to us about his gift of the spirit. Some of us were just reading Romans 7:18 - ...For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. Coming from Paul, who had an incredible relationship with Jesus, it is encouraging for me to see that without the Spirit we are helpless. With the Spirit we more than conquerers (romans 8:37).

This is such great news!